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  • Microsoft to push harder for cloud

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 1:00 pm

    Microsoft is shifting its strategy away from pitching itself as a company that can offer companies a choice of software or hosted services, toward pushing the cloud, an executive said on Thursday at the software giant's annual financial analyst meeting.
  • Google Apps intrigues IT pros, but security worries remain

    Posted July 29, 2010 - 12:55 pm

    Google likes to boast that more than 2 million businesses run Google Apps, but IT pros harbor concerns about security in the cloud.
  • Amazon CTO counters skepticism on cloud security

    Posted July 28, 2010 - 8:26 pm

    Amazon's cloud computing division is planning to "raise the bar" on security, and claims it can provide better security than most enterprises achieve on their own.
  • CRM prominent on Google Apps marketplace

    Posted July 28, 2010 - 11:46 am

    CRM (customer relationship management) software has established a significant foothold on Google's Apps Marketplace since its launch in March, according to an official blog post this week.
  • Cloud SCM vendor iTradeNetwork being sold for $525 million

    Posted July 27, 2010 - 10:04 pm

    Roper Industries said Monday it plans to buy on-demand SCM (supply chain management) software vendor iTradeNetwork from private equity firm Accel-KKR for US$525 million. The transaction is expected to close later this week.
  • In L.A., Google Blowing Big Cloud Marketing Chance

    Posted July 27, 2010 - 9:11 pm

    As Google stumbles again in its Gmail deal with the City of Los Angeles, analysts say it's botching a giant cloud marketing opportunity. Will it make the same mistakes Netscape did in its bid to woo customers away from Microsoft?
  • Google introduces Google Apps for Government suite

    Posted July 26, 2010 - 4:48 pm

    The cloud-based productivity apps feature enhanced security and are being pitched as cost-savers
  • Google Apps Project Delays Highlight Cloud Security Concerns

    Posted July 26, 2010 - 3:57 pm

    Google led a coup against Microsoft to win the contract with the city of Los Angeles to provide messaging and productivity software for roughly 30,000 city employees. Nine months later, though, implementation is behind schedule as Google and the city of Los Angeles address security concerns with the cloud-based services.
  • IDC: SaaS momentum skyrocketing

    Posted July 26, 2010 - 2:15 pm

    Interest in the SaaS (software as a service) delivery model is growing to the point that by 2012, almost 85 percent of new vendors will be focused on SaaS services, according to new research from analyst firm IDC.
  • Unisys to offer mainframe cloud services

    Posted July 26, 2010 - 10:04 am

    Unisys plans to offer a hosted test and development environment later this year for users of its ClearPath mainframe systems, a precursor to offering hosted production environments in the future, the company said this week.
  • Drupal Gardens getting ready to bloom

    Posted July 22, 2010 - 9:20 pm

    Hosted version of the open source CMS moves to public beta stage.
  • Google, IBM named top cloud tech providers

    Posted July 22, 2010 - 11:33 am

    Survey of developers also finds concern over backward compatibility and government restrictions in cloud deployments.
  • Virtualization ROI Rises, Cloud Confusion Steals Spotlight

    Posted July 21, 2010 - 1:24 pm

    Most disruptive technologies deliver big savings only when they're first implemented, but enterprise customers keep wringing more ROI from virtualization, analysts say. As for how to get the most from virtualization plus cloud, confusion still reigns.
  • Canonical bundles Linux, IBM database for the cloud

    Posted July 21, 2010 - 10:54 am

    Enterprises can use the free appliance to try out cloud application deployments on Amazon's EC2.
  • Set Up a Virtualization Server

    Posted July 21, 2010 - 10:48 am

    If there's one technology that can greatly improve computing environments of any size, it's virtualization. By using a single physical server to run many virtual servers, you can decrease operational costs and get far more bang for your buck. Whether your company is a 2-server or 2000-server shop, you can benefit from server virtualization in a variety of ways. The best part? You can do it cheaply and easily.
  • Oracle announces service bus for SOA

    Posted July 20, 2010 - 8:34 pm

    The Oracle Service Bus 11g helps turn complex architectures into flexible application networks and provides caching and governance
  • IT budgets pointing to the cloud, expansion

    Posted July 20, 2010 - 9:56 am

    At first, one financial services company didn't believe a cloud provider was a possible option because of financial compliance rules and client audit concerns. But it was surpised when the provider said it could meet all its needs. But the provider, in this case BlueLock LLC in nearby Indianapolis, said it could meet all the security rules, service levels and disaster recovery needs
  • Zscaler adds e-mail to security service

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 5:30 pm

    Security service provider Zscaler has added e-mail filtering to its Web filtering product.
  • Microsoft's cloud strategy: A question of 'feature parity'

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 3:48 pm

    Microsoft's hosted Exchange and SharePoint will achieve most of the desired feature parity with traditional versions of the software but Office Web Apps is another story.
  • RackSpace's OpenStack targets cloud lock-in

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 11:15 am

    Rackspace's contribution of code to a new open-source project called OpenStack could help establish a counterweight to larger and proprietary players like Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), according to some observers.
  • Cloud Computing: Two Kinds of Agility

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 10:49 am

    CIO.com's Bernard Golden discusses what cloud agility means and shares examples of the kind of business agility that is fostered by cloud computing.
  • Rackspace and NASA team up on cloud launch

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 10:32 am

    Rackspace and NASA have donated code to OpenStack, a new open cloud initiative.
  • What to look for in online backups

    Posted July 19, 2010 - 8:15 am

    Selecting an online backup provider depends on your hardware, data and requirements profiles. Here's what you need to look for, questions to ask, and decisions you have to make.
  • Amazon and IBM are the 'cloud champions,' report says

    Posted July 15, 2010 - 4:46 pm

    Amazon and IBM are the "cloud champions" but Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Red Hat and VMware and right behind them.
  • Cloud security strategies: Where does IDS fit in?

    Posted July 15, 2010 - 2:48 pm

    Security practitioners diving into cloud computing must make older security tools like IDS work in this new world. In a CSO podcast last week, Stu Wilson, CTO of IDS provider Endace, sought to explain how this older technology is still relevant in enterprise cloud security strategies.
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